Blog @ Illumina
Real scientists. Real commentary.
  • ASM 2013, Day 3: Diversity is King

    May 22, 2013
    microbes

    Diversity was a celebrated theme, which is fitting given the wide range of phylogenetic, environmental, and morphological variation associated with microbial species. Two standout talks in the morning of the final day of ASM had me running to the convention ...

    Read more...
  • ASM 2013, Day 2: Clinical Microbiology and Agricultural Metagenomics

    May 21, 2013

    grapesTo kick off the discussion about clinical microbiology, Victor Nizet from the University of California San Diego spoke about his work on virulence factors using Staphylococcus aureus. He and his colleagues noted that the structure of the golden pigment ...

    Read more...
  • ASM 2013, Day 1: From Oceans to Guts

    May 20, 2013

    oceanWith about 8,000 attendees and a diverse range of microbiology-related presentations, the American Society for Microbiology 2013 General Meeting (ASM) in Denver, CO tempts attendees with so much to see in so little time. This is my first year at ...

    Read more...
  • Microbes in the Mile-High City: Dispatch from the Discovery Symposium

    May 20, 2013

    DenverThis year, Illumina hosted the first Discovery Symposium for Microbial Genomics prior to the American Society for Microbiology meeting in Denver, Colorado. On a breathtakingly sunny day in the mile-high city, nine exemplary researchers discussed how next-generation sequencing, like no ...

    Read more...
  • Base Space- Open for Business!

    May 15, 2013

    describe the imageToday marks the commercial availability of BaseSpace, including the fully supported and intuitive BaseSpace App Store for quick and easy access to Illumina and third-party bioinformatics applications. Check out the detailed post in the BaseSpace blog, to learn more about ...

    Read more...
  • Moving Out of Beta

    May 13, 2013

    AppsRoll on over to the BaseSpace blog to check out the next major update to our genomics cloud computing environment. That's right, we are officially moving out of beta, and we will be switching on e-commerce capability in the next ...

    Read more...
  • Striding Towards a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis

    May 13, 2013

    Did you know that May is cystic fibrosis awareness month? Cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the most common autosomal recessive genetic disorders in the Western world. Without effective screening and early detection, patients face serious health conditions that impact ...

    Read more...
  • Cancer Data Analysis in BaseSpace: Sample NGS Data and Tutorials

    May 10, 2013
    circos TN

    Are you exploring options for cancer data analysis? Have you checked out the Tumor/Normal Sequencing dataset in BaseSpace, Illumina’s cloud computing environment for next-generation sequencing data analysis? Are you interested but not sure how to view this data? Then ...

    Read more...
  • MiSeq Grants Enable Diverse Research

    May 03, 2013

    describe the imageIn late 2012, chances are that seismic instruments detected small tremors in Melbourne, Australia; East Boothbay, Maine; and San Antonio, Texas from all the jumping up and down as research teams learned they had just won a MiSeq system. ...

    Read more...
  • At the Illumina Asia-Pacific Scientific Summit

    Apr 30, 2013
    APAC

    A stellar lineup of international and local speakers presented across a range of topics from cancer, inherited disease to forensics and a thought-provoking set of microbial speakers. Even though I may decide to hang on during my next plane ride ...

    Read more...
  • Arrays No Longer the Only Game in Town for Agrigenomics

    Apr 29, 2013
    rice

    It used to be that microarrays, particularly Illumina Infinium BeadChips, were the technology to use in deciphering plant and animal genomes. Genotyping arrays forged the foundation of the genomics movement in agriculture, identifying single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with desired ...

    Read more...
  • HUGO Part 2 – What is it all for?

    Apr 23, 2013
    Health or disease?

    Genomics is an indecisive teenager that is scared to move out of the research lab and get a real job. His parents that have been funding him for a long time, and now they want him to start paying his ...

    Read more...
  • HUGO 2013, Part 1: What does it all mean?

    Apr 18, 2013
    HGP Image

    After several days of fascinating and varied talks by a multitude of talented researchers at the Human Genome Meeting/International Congress of Genetics, my head is swimming – and I doubt that I’m the only one. Midway through the conference, ...

    Read more...
  • ENCODE Uncovers Value in “Junk” DNA

    Apr 17, 2013

    EncodeUp until recently, scientists understood the biological function of just 1% of the genome, mainly the regions coding proteins. The non-coding regions were thought to be “junk”, evolutionary debris with no critical function.

    In 2011, we spoke with John Mattick, ...

    Read more...
  • Getting to Genomic-Enabled Medicine: Trends from AACR 2013

    Apr 09, 2013
    DNA Two, Northampton

    With so many great speakers presenting, it is hard to choose which sessions to attend at the AACR meeting this year. Even my underlying interest in the application of Illumina technologies for cancer research is sometimes not enough to help ...

    Read more...
  • They Sought Answers and They Found: The COGS Consortium and the Illumina iCOGS Array

    Mar 29, 2013

    ID 10020396Cancer is a complex disease arising from the accumulation of genetic changes within multiple loci over time. Once a threshold is reached, these changes collectively lead to the dysregulation of pathways that control normal cell proliferation, differentiation, and survival. The ...

    Read more...
  • A Synthesis of PAG Asia 2013: Part 2

    Mar 25, 2013

    ID 10032905

    The steady accumulation of resources (e.g. reference genomes, BAC libraries, seed or tissue banks) and tools (e.g. low- and high-throughput sequencing technologies, bioinformatics analysis methods, high-throughput SNP genotyping)—especially the combination of these tools towards the analysis of individual genomes—has resulted ...

    Read more...
  • A Synthesis of PAG Asia 2013: Part 1

    Mar 21, 2013

    describe the imageOne summary of this year’s inaugural PAG Asia 2013 conference might be thus: a reference genome, while no doubt critical for plant or animal genomics and the result of a significant investment of time and resources, nevertheless remains a largely ...

    Read more...
  • Three Things not to Ignore from PAG Asia

    Mar 20, 2013

    It has been an excellent three days at PAG Asia, with inspirational talks and stories comthreeing out from around the region. First I would like to thank the organisers, and second, all the people I met and who took ...

    Read more...
  • Perspectives on PAG Asia 2013

    Mar 19, 2013

    I am delighted to blog from the exciting PAG Asia meeting in Singapore. If you can't be here this year, check out the hashtag #PAGASIA13 for the latest news. What a fabulous meeting it has been, with a gathering of ...

    Read more...